Wiz Khalifa is known for his marijuana advocacy and his marijuana businesses. He spoke at the Thrival Innovation Festival in Oakland and discussed the medical value of marijuana. In particular he emphasized the value of a cannabinoid called cannabidiol or CBD, and how it helps with pain management.
When it comes to marijuana, Wiz Khalifa takes the high road.
Since 2005, “Wiz Khalifa” has been former Taylor Allderdice student Cameron Jibril Thomaz’s stage name, and that’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed for the mind behind songs like 2010’s “Black and Yellow,” which became an unofficial anthem for Pittsburgh.
Since then, his career has spanned not only a number of changes in the music industry, where streaming songs now reigns supreme over the album, but also a 180-degree shift in the world of marijuana legalization, where even conservative states like Pennsylvania are turning to the plant for medical solutions.
“I’ve seen a lot of people who before might have been scared of it,” Khalifa said during a talk called “High Road” at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland during the Thrival Innovation Festival. “But now there are situations where they might need it … it just lets me know where we’re moving forward with it.”
Wiz Khalifa at Thrival Music Festival Saturday night.
Khalifa has been sowing the seeds for his own business since marijuana has gained popularity on the West Coast and moved into the medical sphere elsewhere in the U.S.
Last year, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill to legalize medical marijuana for a restricted number of conditions in Pennsylvania and a few weeks ago Pittsburgh City Council began work on establishing a zoning code to delineate where growers and processors may conduct business in the city.
Medical marijuana should be available in the state by next spring. That seems promising to Khalifa, who shared a story Thursday night about his acting coach.
“I was with my acting coach the other day, and she was in a car accident, and she said she wouldn’t have been able to make it through her day if it wasn’t for CBDs,” said Khalifa, referring to Cannabinoid, the part of the plant that helps to regulate health without the psychoactive components of the plant, called Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
“She said she was on painkillers and prescription painkillers that she got herself off of … it actually does help better than pills,” he said.
Khalifa is a longtime proponent of marijuana, as made evident through not only his lyrics and album titles (see the “Kush & Orange Juice” mixtape, circa 2010 and “Rolling Papers” the year after), but also his apparel, which turned heads at Wednesday’s Pirates game where he threw out the first pitch.
For the baseball moment, he wore a simple white T-shirt with 10 green letters on it that spelled out “Legalize It.”
“I see it being like alcohol … but more accessible for people,” Khalifa said. “There’s different ways of getting it that’s not just the flower … there’s oils, vapes.”